Wow, it's been 18 months since my last post. How time flies. And if you ever wondered whether volunteers are a good substitute for employees, now you know. If blogging were my job, I would have fired myself long ago....
Here's what's been going on.
For the first 18 months of the build (June 2018 through December 2019) progress was painfully slow. There were some issues at the yard and progress against schedules was at best 50%, and probably closer to 30%. But the issues were identified and fixed, and much to everyone's delight things have come alive, and progress is amazing now in 2020.
Here's where things were at the end of 2019, which was my last visit.
In the first picture below you can see that the main deck is on, as is the pilot house deck and Portuguese bridge.
Here's the flybridge, still waiting to be installed.
Most of the main deck interior is unfinished, but forward in the master stateroom there are some partitions, and furthest forward in the master head there is some joinery work starting to take form.
On the lower level, the bunk room is coming along nicely.
|Bunk room head|
The utility room is coming along nicely too.
|Utility room (laundry, freezers, storage)|
And progress on the guest stateroom, but not nearly as far along as other areas.
Main engine bed is built and engine is temporarily set in place.
|Main engine (Scania DI-13)|
Wing engine bed built and engine set in place
|Wing engine (Deere 4045)|
20kw generator bed is built, but generator not yet installed.
|20kw generator bed|
In the laz, the 12kw generator is in place, but otherwise it's just piles of wires and hoses.
|Laz and 12kw generator|
And the Pilot house is yet to begin.
Here's the starboard walkway leaving to the Portuguese bridge, with the wing station in the corner. This remote operating station provides an excellent view down the side of the boat for docking.
On our last day we did a road trip to the granite yard and someone found granite that she loves. It's almost the complete opposite of what we originally had in mind, but this was love at first sight.
Since this last visit, progress has picked up enormously. I was scheduled for another visit in April but that of course got cancelled. It's killing me to no be able to visit, especially with so much being accomplished. But we are all dealing with the situation as best we can, and I think doing pretty well, all things considered.
Launch for sea trials is scheduled for September, but my best guess is that it will end up in October, and perhaps later depending on when a transport ship is available. Launch doesn't happen until there is a ship scheduled since the boat goes directly from sea trials to the ship, and can't be left sitting around waiting. But either way, I think there is a good chance we will have a boat in Florida by the end of the year. Sometime in December is my best guess.